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How Mondays are Really Your Best Days

Mondays (and their equivalents in other cultures, such as Sundays in the Arab world) have long been synonymous with such emotions as dread, anxiety, and trepidation. And those do seem like natural emotions anyone should feel at the start of any work week. Unless you are working your dream job, of course.

But Mondays may resemble more than the start of a new 5-day series of dreadful hours of labor.

A Matter of Perspective

Life is always how we see it. And every aspect of it is also a matter of perspective. Your current job may either seem like hell on Earth, or a stepping stone toward a goal you set your mind to.

And while Mondays certainly do seem like the first moments of the worst part of your week, they also are the first moments of opportunity for a better work week.

Your Career’s Weekly Rebirth

Short of actually finding a new opportunity and quitting your current job, Monday’s are your career’s weekly rebirth. And how you use your Monday may set the tone for the rest of the week. Not only for yourself, but for the way your coworkers and managers perceive you and your performance.

Let each Monday truly be a rebirth for your performance, for your outlook on the week, and for the way you interact with those around you. After all, after a good or bad weekend, people will, or at least should, care more about what you do now, and not what you did three days ago.

All the Small Things

For a truly different Monday, take up a few new small habits to feel good from the start of the day. If you usually get up slightly late and feel like you’re in a race against time to get to work at a decent time, even if it is late, push yourself to get up just 10 minutes earlier than usual to really enjoy that good cup of coffee or tea before you hit traffic. Or use those minutes to read or watch something motivating or inspirational. Or simply use them to reach work in a less stressed and more relaxed mood.

Whatever can help make you feel better for a new day, do it. And take full advantage of the start of the new week.

Embrace Your Mondays

And remember, whatever it is you are doing now, it is just another stepping stone toward a bigger goal or dream you have. So embrace your next Monday as the opportunity it truly is.

The Steep Slopes of Life

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (by Tobias Helfrich)

Life is no smoothly paved road on which you simply walk from point A to point B with no worries. It’s an adventure.

It’s a journey of surprises; some good and some bad. And along that journey there are potholes, cliffs, ravines, jungles, forests, and steep slopes.

Sometimes you fall into a deep pit that seems impossible to get out of. And sometimes a steep slope surprises you along the path you originally drew out for yourself.

That destination – your goal, dream, and hopes – is still there. You just haven’t made it there yet.

So when you are at the bottom of a pit, or find yourself falling down a steep slope, look in the direction of your destination and remember why you took off for that journey in the first place.

Then pick yourself back up and keep moving.

Our Tempests and Drizzles

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Shipping in a Tempest of a Rocky Coast

Our lives have weather systems of their own. And while there are days when we take shelter from the tempests that come crashing through, there are also those drizzles that remind us, after we survived those tempests, to always be prepared for whatever comes our way.

As you walk through your path in life, as you travel along your journey to whatever your destination – whatever your goal, dream, or aspiration – is, you will have to endure those harsh storms to see the magical beauty of the other side of those tempests. And, sometimes, when it all seems like sunshine and clear skies, there will be some delicate drizzles that shower you with a reminder that the road is still littered with potholes and perils.

But you will make it through those tempests of pain and sorrow, and you will smile through those light drizzles of minor problems and conflicts, and you will smile when you reach your destination – when you turn around and look at that long journey and those winding and cruel paths you crossed.

Those Days

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Gloomy Forest (by JovanCormac)

There are some days when you not only feel lazy or tired, but so utterly disgusted that you feel like you can’t even try to push yourself to get up and do whatever it is you have to do.

Those days when the whole world around you disgusts you and you just feel nauseous from the idea of even doing anything.

And yet deep in your mind there is something telling you that you have to.

At those moments you have to dig deep in yourself to find that special drive – that special push – to get out there.

You have to find some reason that is worth getting out of that bed for. Some reason or purpose to go do what you got to do.

So if you are reading this and you don’t have that enthusiasm to get out there and you feel disgusted from the world around you, then dig into yourself and find that drive that you need.

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